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A 25-year-old male asked:

Sometimes i get intestinal cramps and diarrhea after doing a lot of dead lift squatting. it has made me afraid to do squats. is there a serious issue?

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Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Ans: May just be poor preparation. Make sure you start off slowly and build yourself up. Then don't overdo and exhaust the body. You are responding negatively to something you are doing wrong so quit it and start over with proper instruction
Dr. Dia Arpon
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Possibly: You may be overdoing it. BOWEL CHANGES SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED IF IT PERSIST. THE MORE ACTIVITY YOU DO INCREASES BOWEL MOTILITY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO STRETCH, STAY HYDRATED, LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS AND SUPPORT YOUR BACK. YOU SHOULD ALSO HAVE A SPOTTER. WHEN YOU WEIGHT LIFT YOU CAN CAUSE A VISALVA MANEUVER WHICH INCREASES Intraabdominal pressure and lead to an irregular heartbeat.

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Last updated May 6, 2018

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